Fan Vote: Noontime Sports Team Of The Week (Week Four)

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By | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

After earning an impressive and exciting win last Saturday over Hobart, the Endicott College football team was selected as our first Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

The Gulls, who were one of four nominees in our weekly Noontime Sports Twitter Poll, collected the most votes (59 percent) to secure the initial weekly honor.

Springfield College placed second in the poll, while UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut finished third and fourth, respectively. 205 voters participated in this week’s initial Noontime Sports Team of the Week poll.

Endicott scored its first win in program history against Hobart, thanks to third quarter touchdown by Anthony Whiteley and a career-high 10 total tackles (six solo stops) by George Balian. Balian and the defense limited the Statesmen’s offense to just 313 yards of total offense, including 19 yards on the ground.

Additionally, John Kenney rushed for a career-high 128 yards on 25 carries, while rushing for one touchdown. Endicott’s Shea McManaway led all receivers with 120 yards on seven grabs (17.1 yards per reception).

Endicott also received a boost from its kicker Nick DiCairano, who connected on all five of his attempts, including a season-long 41-yard field goal.

The Gulls return to action on Saturday, September 29th when they visit Curry College for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

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Noontime Sports: Football Stars of the Week (Monday, Sept. 24th, 2018)

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By | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_FB 

With another week of New England D3 Football in the books, it is time to unveil our Noontime Sports Football Stars of the Week from week four!

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ post will appear every Monday on our site throughout the remainder of the college football season. The weekly post will highlight some key contributors from the New England region from the past week on offense, defense and special teams.

Congratulations to this week’s recipients and best of luck to all student-athletes, coaches and teams competing this upcoming weekend.

Offensive Stars of the Week

Hunter Belzo (Springfield College): Belzo (113 rushing yards, two touchdowns) accounted for a pair of touchdowns against WPI last Saturday, including the go-ahead touchdown midway through the final quarter to lead the Pride to a hard-fought 17-14 win.

Errol Breaux (Dean College): Breaux concluded his team’s fourth game of the season by hauling in four catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 33.8 yards per reception.

Austin Calamita (Western Conn.): Calamita hauled in three touchdowns, while finishing with a game-high 10 receptions for 150 yards as the Colonials topped Salve Regina on the road.

Stephen Gacioch (UMass Dartmouth): Gacioch (236 passing yards, two touchdowns) tossed two touchdowns Leroy Brown, while rushing for a team-high 62 yards on 13 carries as the Corsairs edged Plymouth State in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Ryan Jones (Coast Guard Academy): Jones (257 passing yards, two touchdowns) helped the Bears squeak past Norwich University by capping a 16-play, 76 yard drive with a three yard score on the ground with nine seconds remaining in regulation.

Nate Richam (Bowdoin College): Richam led all rushers in last Saturday’s Middlebury-Bowdoin clash with 288 yards on 30 carries (9.6 yards per carry) for two touchdowns.

Jordan Vazzano (Trinity College): Vazzano (353 passing yards) registered six touchdowns this past weekend, including five through the air as the Bantams topped Bates College for their second win of the season.

Defensive Stars of the Week

George Balian (Endicott College): Balian paced the Gulls with a career-high 10 total tackles, including six solo stops and one pass break-up in his team’s exciting 27-24 win over Hobart. The pass break-up occurred at the end of the contest – it dashed a potential comeback by the Statesmen.

John Bennett (Maine Maritime): Bennett recorded 11 total tackles last Saturday against Merchant Marine, including seven solo stops and one-and-a-half tackles for a five-yard loss. He also registered one fumble recovery.

Tyler D’Errico (Salve Regina): D’Errico paced the Seahawks’ defense with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of two yards, while recording one pass break-up against Western Connecticut.

Jonathan Hobart (Middlebury): Against Bowdoin College, Hobart turned in an impressive performance, which included nine total tackles (four solo stops), one fumble recover, one interception and one pass break-up.

Brandon Mole (Becker College): Mole concluded his team’s contest against Dean College with seven total tackles (five solo stops), including four tackles for a loss of nine yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Special Teams Stars of the Week

Nick DiCairano (Endicott College): DiCairano was a perfect five-for-five on kicks against Hobart, including two-for-two on field goals. His longest boot happened to be a 41-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Mark Wright (MIT): Wright accounted for 10 points on all four extra points, as well as a pair of field goals as the Engineers rallied to beat Catholic University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Poll: Week Five (Sept. 24th, 2018)

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By | @NoontimeSports  & @Noontime_FB 


We had some movement this past week following an exciting (and somewhat dramatic) week four.

Trinity College secured the top spot for the second-straight week by defeating Bates College at home this past weekend. Jordan Vazzano led the Bantams with six touchdowns, including five through the air.

Amherst College moved-up two spots with a win over Hamilton College. The Mammoths will attempt to earn their third win on Saturday when they face Bowdoin College.

Western Connecticut and Western New England also moved up this week, as well, while Framingham State and Springfield College remained in their respective positions from last week.

Tufts University and UMass Dartmouth both joined the poll following impressive wins over Wesleyan University and Plymouth State.

This year’s Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football poll is assembled by local coaches and media members. 

New England D3 Football: Week Five Poll | Monday, September 24th, 2018 

1. Trinity College 

2-0 (2-0) | Last Week No. 1Week Five: Williams

2. Amherst College 

2-0 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 4

Week Five: Bowdoin

3. Springfield College

3-1 (1-0) | Last Week: No. 3

Week Five: Norwich

 4. Wesleyan Univ. 

1-1 (1-1) | Last Week: No. 2

Week Five: Hamilton

5. Framingham State3-1 (2-0) | Last Week: No. 5

Week Five: Bye Week

 6. Western Conn. 

3-0 (1-0) | Last Week: No. 8

Week Five: UMass Dartmouth

7. Western New Eng.

3-1 | Last Week: No. 9

Week Five: Salve Regina

8. Tufts Univ. 

2-0 (2-0) | Last Week: NR

Week Five: Bates College

 9. MIT 

4-0 (1-0) | Last Week: No. 7

Week Five: Merchant Marine

 10. UMass Dartmouth

3-1 (2-0) | Last Week: NRWeek Five: Western Conn.

ON THE RISE: Coast Guard Academy (3-1, 1-1), Endicott College (2-2), Middlebury College (1-1, 1-1) Williams College (2-0, 2-0) and WPI (2-2, 0-1)

2018 Noontime Sports Top 10 New England D3 Football Polls 

Preseason Poll | Week One Poll | Week Two Poll | Week Three Poll | Week Four Poll

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D3 Football: 10 Games To Watch In Week Four (Sept 22nd)

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By | @NoontimeSports 

The fourth week of the New England D3 football season is set to kickoff tomorrow – are you ready for some football?

Similar to last week, it is time to dish out our 10 Games to Watch for Week Four, as well as who we think will win their respective matchup.

Last Week (Week Three): We went 7-3 with our picks, so lets see how we do this week.

Season Predictions Records: 20-10 (second-straight week of going 7-3!)

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Springfield College at WPI (12 p.m.): This is a must-win for both teams, who have aspirations of playing football in mid-November. Springfield will look to bounce back from a difficult setback, while WPI’s offense will once again rely on junior tailback Sean McAllenPREDICTION: WPI 24, Springfield 22 

Framingham State at Mass. Maritime Academy (12 p.m.): Ah, the Kelley Cup! Who will be victorious this year? Tom Kelley (FSU) or Mike Kelley (MMA)? PREDICTION: Framingham State 28, Mass. Maritime 17 

Hobart at Endicott College (12 p.m.): Quarterback Ryan Hoffman will be a player to watch in this one as he will attempt to guide the Statesmen to their third consecutive win. PREDICTION: Hobart 42, Endicott 27 

Catholic University at MIT (12 p.m.): Coach Brian Bubna and the Engineers return to Cambridge this weekend after winning a pair of games on the road the past two weeks, including a 31-29 victory last weekend at Endicott. The team’s early success should continue this week against the Cardinals. PREDICTION: MIT 28, Catholic 10 

Bates College at Trinity College (1 p.m.): Bates provided some challenges for the Amherst College Mammoths last week, but this might be an even tougher challenge for first-year coach Malik Hall and his Bobcats. PREDICTION: Trinity 35, Bates 7 

Anna Maria at Western New England (1 p.m.): After an opening day loss to Springfield College, WNE has found its groove with back-to-back wins over Husson University and Westfield State. Their early season momentum should continue this week against the AMCATs. PREDICTION: WNE 38, Anna Maria 10 

Dean College at Becker College (2:30 p.m.): Dean has certainly provided challenges for all three of its opponents this season and should find a way to get past Becker with a late touchdown. PREDICTION: Dean 17, Becker 10 

Western Conn. at Salve Regina (4 p.m.): Halfback Joey Mauriello will be the key for the Seahawks in this one – the same could be said for Brandon O’Neill and John Salute. If the Seahawks can lean on its running game and receive help on defense from O’Neill and Salute, then they will find a way to win this contest. PREDICTION: Salve Regina 28, Western Conn. 27 

Plymouth State at UMass Dartmouth (5 p.m.): The Panthers almost beat the Colonials at home last week, but this week they should find a way past a Corsairs squad, which has won two of three contests this fall. PREDICTION: Plymouth State 28, UMass Dartmouth 21 

Wesleyan University at Tufts University (6 p.m.): The Cardinals were dominant in all three phases last week against Middlebury and should once again rely on al three units – offense, defense and special teams – to get past the Jumbos. PREDICTION: Wesleyan 24, Tufts 14 

WPI’s McAllen Earns Golden Helmet Award

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Sean McAllen became the second D3 football player to earn the D2/D3 Gold Helmet Award this season. (PHOTO CREDIT: Frank Poulin)

By | @NoontimeSports

After rushing for a season-high 160 yards and three touchdowns last weekend, WPI junior halfback Sean McAllen was named this week’s recipient for the New England Division II/III Gold Helmet Award.

The weekly award for both Division I and Division II/III is presented by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

McAllen accounted for four touchdowns last week during his team’s 45-0 win over Becker College, including a 22-yard touchdown reception midway through the second quarter, which helped the Engineers secure a 38-0 lead at the break. His effort against the Hawks earned him recognition by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as the Offensive Player of the Week.

The third year tailback has rushed for 250 yards and seven touchdowns this season through three contests, while averaging 83.3 yards per game.

McAllen and the Engineers open NEWMAC play on Saturday when they host Springfield College at 12 p.m.